PUBLISHED: 11:19 16 Might 2019 | UPDATED: 11:19 16 Might 2019
Copyright 2017 by Martina Woerz//www.martinawoerz.com
The Norfolk and Norwich Pageant has a knack of bringing among the world’s best modern-day pianists to the town.
Just a few years in the past it was the epic Olafur Arnalds (Broadchurch soundtrack), final 12 months the supremely sensible Ben Folds and this time Grammy-award winner Chilly Gonzales.
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And I all the time appear to be lucky sufficient to be current after they come.
Norwich Theatre Royal was the venue for an exciting two-hour Wednesday night time present from the Canadian musician that was genuinely one of the best factor I’ve witnessed throughout a few years of attending competition occasions. Nicely accomplished to those that booked him!
The night started with a extremely entertaining 30 minute set from singer-songwriter Sarah McCoy whose very private tales of sleeping tough, melancholy and parental dysfunction are backed by some tender piano taking part in and a soulful voice with echoes of Amy Winehouse and Adele.
Gonzales then follows with a efficiency packed filled with vitality, humour, soul, tenderness and excessive ranges of expertise.
He begins with a trio of extra classically influenced songs, all of them poignant and all of them lovely. Carrying a dressing robe over his go well with, with a lone gentle shining down on him, it feels splendidly intimate, such as you’ve stumbled upon him in the course of the night time.
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It is all very nice however you do really feel that two hours of this won’t fairly work.
However there was no want to fret because the present quickly takes a very sudden flip as Gonzales ramps the songs up a notch and introduces a cellist and drummer (who he delights in telling us is from Ipswich) onto the stage.
What follows is pulsating and at instances jaw-dropping as Gonzales takes us on a historical past tour of classical music, thrills together with his tales and viewers interplay, introduces his personal vocals onto among the songs and performs the piano as if it is the final time he’ll ever get the prospect.
We’re even handled to an excellent mash up of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and Britney Spears’ Hit Me Child One Extra time, performed within the type of Bach. Sounds terrible would not it? However my phrase it was so, so good.
At first I am unsure the Norwich crowd (and what a disgrace the venue was solely two-thirds full to see this) is aware of the best way to react, however quickly every music is rapturously obtained and in the long run I rely at the least 5 standing ovations for Gonzales and his performers.
Different highlights embody The Vacationer, The Grudge and fundamental set nearer Knight Strikes throughout which the sweat flies off the pianists’ physique because the music builds and builds to a momentous climax.
I’ve advised individuals about this present right this moment, however phrases can not do it justice. You actually needed to see it to consider it.